Websites of the Food and Drug Administration and Medtronic have information about the 2009 Medtronic pacemaker recall. The recall affects about 21,000 pacemakers around the world, according to the FDA. The models involved are Kappa Series 600/700/900 and Sigma Series 100/200/300.
The pacemakers are subjected to a Class I recall, which means that there is a good chance the pacemaker can cause adverse health effects, the FDA warns. In some cases, the wires that extend from pacemaker's electronic circuit separate from other parts of the device, including the battery. Typical symptoms of this failure are fainting and lightheadedness, but more serious harm and even death are possible.